May 22, 2010

Holy Crap - meet Jordan Romero

What is so special about Jordan Romero? From Yahoo/Associated Press:

13-year-old American climbs Everest, calls his mom
The youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest hugged his tearful companions and told them he loved them. Then 13-year-old Jordan Romero took the satellite phone and called his mom.

“He says, 'Mom, I'm calling you from the top of the world,'” a giddy Leigh Anne Drake told The Associated Press from California, where she had been watching her son's progress minute by minute on a GPS tracker online.

“There were lots of tears and 'I love you! I love you!'” Drake said. “I just told him to get his butt back home.”

With Saturday's success on the world's highest mountain, at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level, Jordan is just one climb from his quest to reach the highest peaks on all seven continents.

Not only summiting Everest but to do the seven. And there is a bit more to the story - Nepal is the route that most people use but Nepal has an age limit:

Unlike neighboring Nepal, the other approach to Everest, China has no age limit for climbers. Jordan registered with Chinese officials in April, said Zhang Mingxing, secretary general of China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

The only mountain he has left is the Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

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